Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is one of the most important application areas of Computational Science. Exponentially increasing volumes of biological data are generated by high-throughput technologies deciphering structure and function of biomolecules as well as living cells. Algorithms introduced for analysis and interpretation of biological data made a profound impact on bioscience, biotechnology, and medicine.
Current strength at CSE in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is in developing algorithms for
- DNA and protein sequence analysis and function prediction;
- analysis of data generated by the next generation sequencing and high-throughput technologies;
- ultra-fast search for similarity in biological sequence databases;
- molecular detection of pathogens;
- identification of genetic factors contributing to disease progression;
- single cell data analysis;
Since the dawn of genomic era, demand for scientists with advanced training in Bioinformatics has been growing fast. Georgia Tech had an early start in establishing Bioinformatics graduate programs. Both Georgia Tech MS (1998) and PhD (2003) programs in Bioinformatics were started by a CSE faculty member, Prof. Mark Borodovsky.
Ph.D. Program in Bioinformatics with home at CSE prepares students for successful work in the field of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The program offers high quality education in Computing, Machine Learning, Bioscience as well as advanced research training. Besides CSE, the PhD program in Bioinformatics has homes at the Schools of Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. Since its inception more than 70 graduates with PhD degree have been employed in the leading Institutions of the US Academy, in the US Industry as well as in Research Centers abroad.
If this kind of work interests you and fits with your career aspirations, why not go ahead and apply?